We can think of a few reasons why people might want/need additional or replacement components for their HTC Vive. As of right now, there isn’t an option for the average consumer to purchase spare parts like an extra controller, foam insert, or lenses, but a recently retracted tweet may have hinted about the possibility being around the corner.
UPDATE: HTC has launched a store for consumers to buy a few spare parts for the Vive. Link HERE.
We know there is a store for business class Vive customers, because we had a peek at the storefront a couple months ago when the page went live on HTC.com. As of today, we as consumers still don’t have the convenience of buying spare parts for our Vives.
Why do we need Vive spare parts?
For the most part, if a core component of the Vive breaks HTC should replace the part through their warranty process. Having said that, the process means you won’t have a Vive for one to two weeks (minimum), because you’ll have to send it or part of it in for replacement.
Reason why you might need a part of the Vive system:
- For those who want to make awesome Mixed Reality videos like the Valve video below you’ll need a spare Vive controller.
- If you’ve used a VR Cover or just sweat a lot you probably need a new foam insert around the goggle area that touches your face.
- If you accidentally scratched one of the lenses inside the goggles.
- You travel with the Vive a lot and you want a spare Link box and/or cables.
When will spare parts be available to consumers and how much will they cost?
Unfortunately we don’t have a clear timeline on this becoming a reality, but there’s evidence that HTC is working to implement the option for us to buy spare or replacement parts at our leisure.
- The fact that there is a storefront for business partners means HTC already has a way for us to purchase parts online and they’re already inventoried parts individually.
- We’re hoping the tweet from this morning was just a little premature and that we’ll see something related to the matter go live in the very near future.
- The store for business partners had parts priced fairly decently and we don’t expect they’ll be any less for consumers or the business partners would just buy from the consumer store. A controller runs about $130 with power charger and a set of face cushions are approximately $25 for a set. More prices listed here.
Is there enough demand to buy spare parts for the Vive at this time? Can you think of other reasons why one might want spare components? Hopefully we’ll have the availability soon so be sure to check back for more info.
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